Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bike Check: Parker's SSCX


This one turned out far too pretty.



Built with mud pits, beer hand-ups, soggy grass corners, and flagging tape in mind, this Marinoni Fango is really one of a kind.


 She’s a cyclocross race ready bike with enough class to look good on the start line and remedy almost any mid-race folly. Big on the style points.


 Custom frame geometry from the fine people at Marinoni Bicycles. Built with the super light Columbus Spirit tube set in the front triangle of the bike, this Fango features the one-off modification of track ends and 120mm rear spacing.


Sweet single speed/ track wheels laced around Paul hubs slide easily in and out of the frame, allowing for off-season fixed riding, and single speed racing. Dura-Ace 7400 cranks, complete with Ti bolts and dust caps keep things turning, joined by a Campagnolo Record 9 speed chain to a White Industries freewheel



 Braking power is provided by the excellent TRP CX 8.4 mini-V brakes. Ample power for sketchy descents, and a nice crisp lever feel when paired with TRP’s new SS specific RRL levers. Silver Thomson stem & post keep things functional and classy, while the gum-wall Challenge tires (Fango up front and a Grifo out back) track beautifully through sloppy corners.



If you see her carving corners at the local cross race, please feel free to heckle!